rules for pirate warfare!
Jim Lad, is a set of Rule outlines and scenario for skirmish games involving
Pirates. The game is intended for play with larger models such as 25mm as
these are more photographic. The reason for this will become apparent.
I have written the scenario based on that most frequently thought of
when thinking of pirates.
scenario has many variations making the game suitable for re-playing, no two
games will be exactly a like. For
the game you will need one model ship, a rowing boat, an
, seven graphical features and
some pirates. Any number will do
but for arguments sake lets say fifty pirates.
Each pirate should be painted uniquely, given a name and then
digitally photographed and printed as a card.
A number of the pirates must be titled Important Pirates. These
represent the various leaders of clichés that exist aboard their ship.
The Captain is the most important of all and holds a coveted
Captain is removed from the character card deck and each player draws a
Black Spot Card. The player with
the Black spot is the Captain and places the Captain card face up in front
of him. The other players each get an Important Pirate Card. These are
shuffled together with an equal number of other Important Pirate Cards. The
Captain may look and have a list of all these IPC’s. The other players are
all dealt one card each and place them face down, the remaining five cards
are not revealed and are shuffled back into the pirate deck.
The Captain knows that you cannot please, “All the pirates All the
Time” but is unsure as to which of the scumbags will rise against him.
Each player is now dealt five other pirate cards.
The Captain places two cards face up and three cards face down.
The first two represent Pirates that the rest of the crew know for
sure to be his henchmen or toadies. The
other players place their cards face down but separate from their Important
Captain has a treasure map, which he draws from the Treasure Map deck.
There are seven treasure map cards: The
Cave; Skull Mountain; Old Tree; Black Rock; Windy Hill; Devil’s Hole; and
Waterfall. All the Captain
has got to do is go to the location on the card, dig up the treasure and get
back to the ship, easy! Of
course this is what the other players must do as well. The player in
possession of the Treasure and the Ship is the winner.
The Ship must be guarded by at least three pirates at all times.
The Captain selects these and may appoint his own figures for this
important task. The Captain then
throws a D6 and must set this number of tasks at least but may set more than
the dice roll up to the number listed. The
tasks are in line with the Dice number thrown,
Look Out Party,
Fresh Meat Party,
Rowing Boat Guard
order to guard the rowboat the Captain must Tell Off all the other Parties.
The Look out Party must go to Look Out Point, The Water Party to
Freshwater Cove, they may take the rowing boat if this is not guarded, The
Fresh Fruit Party must go to Banana Wood, the Fresh Meat Party to Goat Hill,
The Wood Party to The Beach where they can collect driftwood.
The Rowing Boat Party stay with the Rowing Boat.
The Captain selects which Pirates are in each Party.
A part from the Ship party all the other Parties are assembled on the
Beach. The Captain allots each
Party to a Player for movement of the figures only.
It doesn’t matter if a player has nothing to move at this stage.
Play then commences and each player takes a card from the Play Deck.
These Cards allow an Important Pirate Player to strengthen his hand.
Play Deck Cards are as follows.
Jim Lad x 2,
these cards may be played at any time up until the deck is reshuffled.
These cards allow a player to select any card of any player and see
it. If he wishes he may then place it face up or allow it to remain
Parrot x 1, this
card must be played when drawn and causes the pack to be reshuffled. All
cards being held must be played or discarded at once.
x 1, this card
is played on an individual figure or any group except the Captain’s,
unless played by the Captain himself for some strange reason.
The Figure or group is stopped and does not move unless a 6 is
thrown. The Captain or other
Important Pirate Player playing this card on the group he is with need not
x 4, these cards
are deadly traps set by the pirate that buried the treasure. They may only
be played on the lead figure of any group.
The Captain can only play it on the Treasure Party.
Aligns x 2,
these cards allow the drawer to take another Pirate Character Card and place
it in his deck.
x 8, these have
no special action.
Haste x 2, the
player may make a double move with his Important Pirate or any group with
the Important pirate. In doing so he reveals the IPC.
Task x 2, if a
players IP is with any group he may abandon the Task but must reveal himself
if he has not yet done so. He
may make all or part of the group carry on with the task or may make all, or
part of the group, abandon the task.
Pirate x 1, this
card is played only once. It represents a Marooned Pirate and is moved by
Act x 2, an IP
who is revealed or who must instantly reveal himself kills the pirate
immediately closest to his figure. Only
another IP may defend, saves on a D6 score of 4, 5, 6. Combat
then takes place or both IP’s agree to back off.
Chest x 1, this
is played on the treasure party at the time the treasure chest is found.
The chest is empty except for a second map.
The player who is in charge of the treasure party draws a new
Treasure Map Card. The old card
is reshuffled back into the deck.
Man’s Chest x 1,
this is played on
the Treasure Party any time from the moment it starts digging until the
chest is opened. The diggers
find a set of bones with a cutlass through the torso.
They refuse to dig further fearing bad luck.
The Captain must shoot at one of them to retain control.
That Dies x 1,
this is a card that lets loose a cry for general havoc.
It can only be played by an IP who eliminates one Pirate within 2”.
He must reveal his IP card and any of his other Pirates in the Group.
A general melee proceeds. The
other players may reveal their own pirates and fight back or run away.
Non-aligned Pirates fight back on a 1,2 or 3 and align with the IP on a 4,5
or 6. Those that fight back are
taken as being loyal to the Captain and can be moved by him.
Ho Ho x 1, this
may be played on the rowboat party. Feeling
hot they get back into the rowboat and go back to the ship for some grog.
Eight Bells Toll x 1,
this is played on
the ships party. They immediately abandon the watch and start hitting the
grog. If the player with this
card so wishes he may reveal any or all his pirates currently onboard and
dice for each one except his IP. On
a 4, 5, 6 they refrain from drinking, too much, and remain fit for action.
Throw a 2 x D6 and this is the amount of moves before the others fall
down drunk. The card player if
any of his own men are fit may then throw the drunks overboard.
If not throw 4 x D6 and this is the number of moves before they wake
up with headaches.
You with Me x 1,
this card may only be played by an IP. Any
other Players characters must be revealed.
Any other non-aligned Pirates now belong to that player on a throw of
4, 5, 6. The other non-aligned
pirates may be left or meleed with. They
are now loyal to the Captain and come under his control. If any other player
draws a character card of such an aligned Pirate in the future he must hand
it over and draw another. (If there are a lot to remember take them out of
the pack immediately and reshuffle).
of Fun x 1,
this may be played
by any of, a player’s, pirates, who must be revealed.
Light the barrel and roll it into a group of pirates and shout, thar
she blows. The barrel can roll
for 1xd6 of inches. The roller
may flee for 2xd6 of inches and every other pirate for 1 D6.
Any pirate now within 4 inches is dead, any within 5 inches get a red
wound any within 6 inches a yellow wound.
Me Hearty x 4,
may be played on any pirate who is about to shoot. The gun misfires or jams
for that move only.
Black Spot x 1,
discard for good after playing. May
be played on any pirate other than a revealed IP.
That pirate has been nominated to kill the Captain or the Pirate who
now has assumed that role. That pirate immediately goes to attack the
Captain who may defend.
Me Timbers x 1,
this may be played on any pirate except an IP within 12 inches of the IP who
plays it. On a 4, 5 or 6 that pirate will align with the IP. If already
aligned the other player must hand his card over.
cards may be added to if you can think up any others.
must try to complete their assigned tasks unless cards allow them to break
them. The player must move the pirates to the task location and throw a 6 on
a D6 during his turn to complete the set task.
On completing the task the party must return to the rowboat/beach and
dump their goodies. The IP may
then go anywhere but may only take Pirates aligned with him.
treasure party on reaching the feature on the Treasure Map starts to dig.
If at the right location the chest is found on the treasure party
player throwing a 6 on a D6.
those wishing even more murder and mayhem you may introduce cannibals into
the game. This again should be
by way of a card played on a group of pirates.
set of skirmish rules can be used or the simple set that I append here.
the Black Spot Deck. Deal each player a card. Player with Blackspot goes
first or passes the Blackspot to the player to his left who must then move
first. Play proceeds clockwise.
First Player draws a card from the Play Deck and either uses it or keeps it.
Most cards can be used at any time including during another
First Player then moves his troops and resovles any fighting.
is repeated until all the players have done the same.
THE BLACKSPOT DECK AND START AGAIN. The
game finishes when a player has got the chest back on board the ship and
there is no further opposition to stop him.
pirate or party moves 2 x D6 of inches in good terrain or 1 x D6 in bad
terrain or on board ship. All
movement on board ship is individual and a group move is only allowed if no
fighting is to be instigated. A
pirate who is wounded only throws 1xD6, deducting –1 for a yellow wound
and –2 for a red wound. A pirate with a wound dices each turn he moves. On
a 1 the yellow wound upgrades to red and a red wound upgrades to death.
takes place after movement. A pistol has a range of 6”, a blunderbuss
12” and a musket 20”. A
cannon has unlimited range. To fire the target must be in sight but may be
in cover. To hit throw a D6 for
pistols, D12 for blunderbuss and a D20 for Muskets.
The dice score must be equal or less than the distance in inches
currently from the target.
+1 to the dice score for each and any of the following.
will hit any figure in its spread pattern up to 12”.
Any figure up to 6” receives a fatal wound on a 1 or 2, a red wound
on 3 or 4, and a yellow wound on a 5 or 6.
When fired at over 6” the fatal wound becomes a miss.
and pistols are resolved as per the blunderbuss firing at 6” or under.
a cannon is fired place the cannon ball stick with a 2” sleeve over the
figure you are aiming at and throw a D6. On a 1 move the sleeve towards the
gone by 4 inches, on a 2 by 2 inches, on a 3 or 4 do not move the sleeve and
on a 5 or 6 increase by 2 and 4 inches respectively.
Grape can be fire up to 18”, for this use a spread template and
dice for any figure in the template area. Score 1 or 2 dead, 3 or 4 red
wound, 5 yellow wound and 6 survives.
takes a move standing still to reload a pistol, blunderbuss or musket. It
takes three figures two moves to reload a cannon. Two figures, four moves
and one figure six moves. All
the cannon on the ship start loaded with ball.
Grape may be loaded on top of the ball but takes a move to do so.
Figure of the moving player is the attacker, the figure it is attacking the
have different Attack and Defence values.
fight with Pistol or dagger the opposing figures must be in base contact,
with all other weapons except half pike within 1” and with half pike
outside their reach can defend but not inflict casualty in defence.
Weapons outside their reach cannot attack.
to 3 figures can melee against a single figure. A figure that is out
numbered counts a minus 1 or 2 accordingly and fights three times.
fight each figure throws a D6 and adds to the score the weapon factor. It
then applies any other additions or deductions.
The figure with the higher score wins. On a difference of 1 or 2 a
yellow wound is inflicted, 3 or 4 a red wound and on greater death.
or 2, outnumbered.
or 2, yellow or red wound.
for special figure characteristic.
to other periods